Culinary Adventures with Operation Sack Lunch

Who doesn’t love a good brown-bag lunch, complete with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a carton of milk, and maybe a bag of chips?

Operation Sack Lunch, a local non-profit that has served over three million healthy meals to the homeless and food-insecure since 1989, goes above and beyond the traditional sack lunch. They’re committed to using only organic foods and ingredients and environmentally sound cleaning products.

On Saturday, October 27th, I was able to contribute to OSL’s great work, along with seven other volunteers, by serving dinner to residents of The Compass Center in Pioneer Square.

Our dinner lineup consisted of meat loaf, squash, mashed potatoes, stuffing and apple crisp. Coming straight off a chicken-cleaning marathon at Kitchen Challenge the Wednesday prior, I opted to prepare apples for the crisp.

Apple crisp.

Apple crisp.

Operation Sack Lunch, as its name suggests, is unique in its mobility. They’ve provided portable meals to Nicklesville and other locations. The OSL rep leading us on Saturday was Eric—he was knowledgeable and skilled in the kitchen. Plus, he led us in making truffles and proved to us that the produce-washing soap we were using was edible!

Melting chocolate for truffles.

Melting chocolate for truffles.

Before we served dinner at 6:00 pm, we chose some working music from Eric’s iPod and braced ourselves for the rush. The whole thing was a success. Seconds and thirds of meatloaf were handed out, and we also had some diners asking us about TWIF!

Although I’m still very new to this whole large-scale cooking thing, I’d like to think I’m getting a little better at it every time. And I’m very much looking forward to all the potential volunteers we’ll be bringing into the fold!

-Maggie Tarnawa is an Events Blogger for The World is Fun